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Jumbo Foods Recalls Smoked Turkey on Sourdough Triple Decker Sandwich Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Dave Johnson
1-800-562-6507

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Mukilteo, WA -- May 23, 2006 -- Jumbo Foods of Mukilteo, WA is recalling 762 Smoked Turkey on Sourdough Triple Decker Sandwiches, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short- term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages, and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Smoked Turkey on Sourdough Triple Decker was distributed in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho and was available at convenience stores and on military installations. The product was packaged in clear plastic with a label bearing its name, Smoked Turkey on Sourdough, 6.6oz, coded 051906 16D.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program conducted by the U.S. Army Veterinary Service which revealed that the finished product contained the bacteria. The last day Jumbo Foods produced the Smoked Turkey on Sourdough was 4/20/2006. Jumbo Foods completed its recall in advance of the notification from the U.S. Army that the Smoked Turkey on Sourdough contained Listeria monocytogenes on 5/16/2006.

Jumbo Foods and the FDA are continuing their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Jumbo Foods Smoked Turkey on Sourdough coded 051906 16D are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Jumbo Foods at 1-800-562-6507.

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